The left-arm World Sports Betting Cape Cobras spinner, George Linde has declared the recent national spinning camp a roaring success. It was his best camp yet and he rekindled the form that made him a sensational acquisition to the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras’ team in 2014/2015.
“I felt like my original self,” he said.
“At the camp the coaches took us back to the basics and something just cliqued for me.
“When I was playing last season, the reason I was not selected in the Sunfoil Series was that there was already a specialist spinner in Dane Piedt entrenched and conditions not always favoured the selection of a second spinner.
“But the coaches also spoke to me about my inconsistency in the four-day format.
“That is something that I have addressed successfully at the spinning camp – the consistency has returned,” he added.
Linde said the coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, Ashwell Prince, discussed his future role with him and mentioned that he could possibly be considered in the number-seven position as fifth bowler and batting all-rounder in red-ball cricket.
It is something he believes he can achieve on the back of the new-found confidence after the spinning camp in Mumbai, India.
Claude Henderson, the South African spin bowling consultant, is on record saying that the most important characteristic of a spinner is his ability to beat a batsman through the air.
“I am tall enough so that I don’t need to give the ball more air, but it is about putting revolutions on the ball, something I achieved successfully in India,” he added.
Right now, Linde is working three hours per day on his fitness and on his bowling when he is not playing golf, in an attempt to implement those changes suggested in India so that he can restore the consistency to his bowling.
Linde was one of the white-ball success stories for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras last season, capturing 15 wickets in the Momentum One Day Cup campaign with a career-best of 6-47 against the Warriors.
And he was also a factor with the blade, striking 204 runs at an average of 34 in the national 50-over series.
But, as per his discussion with Prince, he feels confident he can throw his hat into the Sunfoil Series-ring now that he has found the missing ingredient – consistency – in his bowling.